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# Sunday, 23 August 2009

Three weeks ago when I did my review on the Pirates Tic Tac Toe, I already had a chance to get also the Pirates Chess set, after reading a great review on the Pirates Chess set on Eurobricks, I have much better understanding on the set details, and I do not regret for not getting it at that time during the recent ani-com in Hong Kong, it is not bad, but there seems to be something that makes me feel like buying it later.

First of all, I already have too many "chess sets" at home already, compared to Tic Tac Toes, they occupy more space, although the pricing seems to be quite economical as well (USD 19.99 for 10 minifigs vs USD 49.99 for 24 minifigs + 2 monkeys + 2 horses heads + 4 rocks), the soldiers do not have epaulettes is a big minus.

For army building I still prefer the Pirates Tic Tac Toe over this one, as collector item, I would wait patiently. Based on pricing history, Tic Tac Toes does not seem to depreciate as badly as the chess sets, I expect to get this Pirates Chess set when it is sold at discounted price like the fate of the Castle Chess set today.

For playability, getting use to a "Pirates" cast seems to be quite wierd, imagine a "monkey knight"...

There is also an ongoing discussion there on the quality of the minifigs in the latest Pirates product, I still need to check on that yet.

The review by Eurobricks user einsteinonthebeach on the set is very good, I strongly recommend that you check that out for more details on the set for more second opinions on the value of the set.

Sunday, 23 August 2009 21:52:29 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 16 August 2009

There are so many great Lego artists out there that can impress us again and again with their great work, but some are very exceptional in certain ways - their creations can bring back many good memories - in the lego way.

One such Lego artist is AndyBear (小熊), a very popular Lego Master in Hong Kong, his work, usually labelled as <小熊建築>, is a symbol of great architecture work here in many greater China forums.

AndyBear has many great work as you can find them at his Brickshelf gallery:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=andybear
One of the example that I like a lot is the Japanese Temple, I used to travel a lot and Japan is my favorite destination, but since my daughter was born, I rarely travel and really long for the good times I had, this work reminds me of the great moments during some of my previous trips to Japan.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=378256

AndyBear is very good in oriental style buildings, another of his masterpiece is the traditional Chinese style residence that he built for the Beijing Olympics Lego exhibitions, 四合院 (szu-ho-yuan) is a compound with sections of rooms built around a courtyard (a courtyard with houses on four sides), and is a popular tourist attraction in Beijing, AndyBear did it so well and can fully recreate the essence and atmosphere of the structure.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=373248


The work of AndyBear is not just about buildings and structures, his work usually are also composed of nicely decorated surroundings and furnitures, and people with surprisingly detailed features, you can feel the happiness and warm sensation when going through the details.

Sunday, 16 August 2009 12:12:14 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 15 August 2009

Today I want to blog about a top notch Lego player in Greater China Region, as many may have aware of, Taiwan is a mature base for Lego and many great works circulated around are actually originated from there, you may also have seen Rack911's work in his MOCpages or BrickShelf Gallery, in fact, his work has also been highlighted in Brothers-brick a couple times.

What impressed me most from this gentleman is this solid battleship named "Iron Cross", built amidst a mysterious oceanic background, from the sail down to the sea, and the statue on a piece of sea rock, it is not only a lego model, it is a art piece with so many rich details.

Source: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/114535

Rack911 is also very active and contributing heavily in local Taiwanese Lego forum, it is great to have people like him inspiring Lego players in this part of the world.

Saturday, 15 August 2009 14:09:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 13 August 2009

Among all the Lego sets, there is a set which holds a very special status among my collections - I have 5 boxes of it!

7657 AT-ST once was a scarce commodity, the highest price I paid for it was HKD 290 (USD 37), today it seems that not many are looking for it any more, but it is (or has been) a very interesting model really.


7657 is not a big set, consists of plain color parts

 


The structure at a glance, the legs are rather rigid, but the knobs at the back can make the upper compartment rotate

 


The minifig is cool, the head and helmet are very useful else where too

 


The minifg looks great on top of the control room

 


Adding Yoda into the scene, with the master around, even the mighty AT-ST machinery cannot do anything

 


This is a nice set, but why do I get 5 boxes? I really don't know, just bought them 1 after 1 over a period of over a year, may be it is time to sell one or two of them...

Thursday, 13 August 2009 21:56:06 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Tuesday, 11 August 2009

I have recently seen a number of great Lego creations with Oceanic background, and in each of these work, there is a common part that caught my attention, and I also notice that this particular part is also frequently asked in many Greater China forums.

I first notice the blue 32 x 32 Baseplate from my Spiderman set - 4856 Doc Ock's Hideout  - but at such as high price nowadays, that obviously is not a economical way to get the blue baseplate, then I found 9286 - Large LEGO Baseplates - this set is not cheap either, but it is very targetted, you get exactly what you need.

The Old Gray 48X48 baseplate is a classic, I can't even figure out how much it worths today, the two 32X32 green baseplate are very useful too, and with the blue plate (now I have 2), it is a ok price to get them at USD 40.

Now I can start thinking of a new MOC idea, an oceanic one probably... 

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 21:18:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

Malaysian PhotoBucket user jztrain1 mix Chinese literature with Lego art in recording his dream manifested in an impressive storyline.

Source: http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll227/jztrain1/dream%20story/

The story is about a young girl rescued by a hermit, and when the girl grown up, they got married and live happily, but suddenly the girl was found to be a missing princess, and was asked to return to the kingdom to inherit the throne, but then things go for a sharp turn...

It is a wonderful work presenting Lego with great photographic design, but what our western friends will certainly miss when reading this will be the poem, I was truly impressed by the artistic composition.

 

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 09:26:20 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 09 August 2009

I have not been travelling for a long time and really wish I can have a relaxing moment somehow somewhere, although tropicial climate is not my favorite, I do like this interesting creation by Flickr user 74louloute

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74louloute/3775178845/ 

More interesting are the notes on the picture, which lead us to realize what the front of the guy looks like:

Source: http://www.bricklink.com/PL/973pb585c01.jpg

 

Sunday, 09 August 2009 10:17:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 08 August 2009

There has been a lot of great Predator Lego creations being made by experts everywhere, but the fascination on this legendary character is so strong that it would never be enough, another Lego master from Taiwan, cezov0514 created the following Predator model using Bionicle parts.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=333315

And what can more irresistable than an Predator model like this? It definitely has to be an AVP, I wish the author could have taken more pictures to depict this thrilling scene

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=333315

Saturday, 08 August 2009 10:21:32 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 06 August 2009

One of the places that I enjoyed visiting when I was in Taipei definitely had to be the Taipei 101 building, I spent a wonderful hour there, including a mind refreshing moment watching a beautiful sunset on the roof of the building.

Lego player RMing has not only recreated this giant structure in Lego, he has also recently built a mini version of the famous Grand Hotel in Taipei.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=RMingTW

 

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=RMingTW

Please feel free to visit RMing's BrickShelf gallery to enjoy more of his impressive creations.

Thursday, 06 August 2009 21:46:30 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Our Hong Kong Lego Ambassador Tsang Yiu Keung created a Lego Eiffel Tower using a part that you may have never been able to imagine: Binoculars

I feel that at this scale the model is even more attractive than the official set, especially with some nice supporting models as nearby environment and background. I also learnt the microscale way of forming the group of trees, which fits extremely well into the model.

Please check out CK's Brickself gallery for more of this great creations

Wednesday, 05 August 2009 14:24:52 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)